Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

New Year at New York

I'm back from the trip to NYC, where I went together with my older daughter. It was her dream to meet Miss Liberty, to walk through the strawberry fields at Central Park, to see a show at the Broadway, to make crazy shopping at Fifth Street, and to see the ball falling at Times Square. So we did that all and much more, it was fabulous time for both of us together!
I wasn't expecting to much sketching during this trip, because I didn't wanted to waste too much of our "together time". So most of sketches are done as always during the meals or on taxi. I used Bic multicior ballpoint pen mostly, as a quickest tool, also most useful at such a freezing weather.
subway people - what a perfect place for sketching!
incredible view from Empire State Building
authentic noodles in China Town
crazy shopping
sketching at Rockfeller Center with Melanie Reim!
more ice skaters
at Strawberry Fields
There are some more sketches on my blog.
I loved the Big Apple and definitely would like to come back again for more sketching and not sketching only  :)



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